From the Doctors Point of View

From Michael Schmidt










Hello dear readers!

My name is Michael Schmidt, the following article is in Doctor's Corner, where I do not really belong and also my English is not the best, 
sorry for that!


Although I am a professional cutman, but privately I'm a salesman for medical supply.


My focus is the selling of hemostats, the medical name is called hemostyptics.

In the area of martial arts, most commissions only use adrenaline 1:1000 as a vasoconstrictive bloodstopper.


Neverless, many cutmen often use additional remedies that are not normally approved and clearly outlawed as a means to treat cuts!


Tachosil, tranexamic acid, polysaccharides or products from brown algae (Sea Weed) with cellulosis are used among others!


In the UFC and also in some other boxing events you can see small, square compresses in between, this is Qwick Aid,
a product made of brown algae (Sea Weed)!


I personally have tried more than Qwick Aid, because I sell such products directly, I would like to know how they work. Through my work I have better access to similar products, so it was a good experience to try out different products!


Let me tell you more about Qwick Aid! I was so excited that I couldn't wait to try it.


Even if this sounds a bit extreme, sometimes we have no other choice if we want to get more experience with such products! 

In all fights you should always be perfectly prepared! We always have to think about, that we work with people. If you don't know what you are doing, then leave it. 


I had my first fight where a fighter was injured on the right eyebrow and I used the quick aid patch like the description of the leaflet told me. 


I was overwhelmed by the effectiveness of the product. I immediately put on a larger stock! After a short time the fluid in the patch changes into gel, 
the wound was tightly closed and did not bleed at all, all within 45 seconds! What a fantastic product I thought!


I was very impressed and the whole thing seemed to me at least to be a good substitute of adrenaline 1: 1000, which we were only allowed to use under the guidance 
of the present ring doctors! 


The whole thing felt like a little bit of independence! At that time I was not working in that area, so I didn't have the biggest experiences. My work was based in the medical area of physiotherapy and manual lymphatic drainage.


The guy I was getting the pads from was a well-known cutman. A few days after using quick aid for the first time, something happened. I was so embarrassed in what happened that I did not contact him for help. Today I know it was a big mistake! 


About a few days later, the fighter called me and asked me if I could have a look at the wound again! 


After I looked at the result, we immediately drove to hospital. The wound had been inflamed! Why? I can not give you answer. 


Later, I continued my professional career in the area and achieved a lot of knowledge!


After the fighter had a shower, I covered the wound with a sterile plaster and we drove to the hospital. The doctor slightly cleaned and stitched up the wound! By the way, that doctor did a bad job! 

Before the treatment, I asked the doctor if it is enough to just slightly clean the wound before stitching. I was worried if the wound was secure enought. The last thing I wanted was a another inflammation. But the doctor said that everything is okay. The athlete had a shower before going to hospital, so I didn't worry that much. 


Much later, I talked to an Israeli expert at the world's largest medical trade fair about this incident!


He reported similar initial problems with a polysaccharide powder for hemostasis, which somebody tried to introduce for testing purposes at the military! 

The acute hemostasis was also impressively fast and very effective, however, the same problems happened.

Germs, bacteria and viruses inflamed wounds by both, the rapid gelation and by the dehydration of the blood by the polysaccharides. The inflammation caused a fast blood clot!

I now know what the biggest problem is and what is very important to know !!! 

If you do not work with clinically clean methods under sterile conditions, (compare it with a operating room) there is a high risk for infections and other diseases. 


I have been working in this job for several years now and my list of things that went wrong in the past is almost as long as the list of things that I did successfully. But that is a normal thing. We learn through experiences and routine. The most important thing is, not to be afraid to ask for help, if you are still insecure with products. Otherwise mistakes can happen. 


What message do a want to give you with this article? 


It is not my purpose to attack or upset somebody. 

But after careful research and numerous discussions with experienced surgeons and dermatologists,
I would like to say for myself that it is cheaper and safer to quench a wound than using these products, because an infection can not be excluded. 


Especially in our area, you always have to be careful in what you say and what you talk about.

Many colleagues feel very quickly personally attacked
and insulted, but this is not my intention at all. If anybody is judging my intentions negatively, I want to tell you that I have no negativ aims. I just don't want anybody to make the same mistakes. 


For those who still want to continue using it: Please clean the wound with the maximum care and then first provide the wound area with a sterile
dressing before you drive to a hospital to have it all stitched up by a doctor. Please go to serious doctors and not to pseudo doctors. 
Unfortunately, I've seen that too often!


In the hospital ask the doctor to clean the wound again, to remove the coagulum (blood clots) and to clean up! 
Only then it make sense to stitch up the wound properly!


I hope you liked my article and remain respectful!


Cutman Liberty